Take a Trip to A Next Generation Dispensary in Los Angeles

The Pottery is a dispensary in Los Angeles that gears away from the typical buzzer doors and high security seen in most shops, with its minimalism and contemporary experiences. Instead, The Pottery focuses on the products while selling cannabis just like coffee or wine to enhance patients' lives. The shop's forward thinking approach has led to their most recent collaboration with Higher Standards to create a temporary pop-up offering some of the finest cannabis products and smoking accessories. Higher Standards has brought its unique approach to retail from New York City to Los Angeles with this collaboration, because California has become the epicenter of the legal cannabis revolution.

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Few other entrepreneurs in the cannabis space have their hands in quite as many ventures as Lorne Gertner. Currently dubbed the "godfather of the Canadian cannabis industry," Gertner told Civilized, "If we could live through normalization, we could change the world." Hailing from the fashion industry, this Toronto native says he's on a mission to "make the world a better place through cannabis and design excellence." The only catch is, well, normalizing cannabis — and that's where Gertner's keen eye for style comes in. "In the old days, you were going to be different or you were going to be normal," said Thom Antonio, Gertner's friend, creative director, and collaborator of 35 years.

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